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Performing Arts (Dance) — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

Music and Performing Arts

Course ID: 174024

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Progress to third year degree, employment, place at dance school or vocational college.
  • Develop knowledge with practical, performance based experiences and boost your skill set.
  • We help you to prepare for industry castings, auditions and job requirements.
  • Fantastic building block for future training, study, education.
  • Higher National Diploma.
  • 1 year course.
  • Study in our inclusive, supportive and respectful learning environment.

What to expect from the course

The Higher National Diploma Top-up in Performing Arts (Dance) is a vocational course which expands upon students previous learning and training from the Higher National Certificate. The course further develops students; technical skills and understanding of a range of contemporary and traditional genres. Building on learning in their previous studies, students will develop skills and knowledge through creative, technical and practical workshops, underpinned with relevant theoretical, historical and cultural references.

This programme is delivered through in-person teaching.

Modules studied:

Creative Research Project
Working in the Performing Arts Industry
Jazz Dance
Contemporary Dance
Commercial Dance
Dance for Musical Theatre

How will I be taught?
teaching and Learning methods include creative, technical and practical workshop sessions, underpinned with formal lectures and seminars with relevant theoretical, practitioner, historical and cultural reference.
Practical modules take place in the studio environment with tutor support and guidance, and with extra independent learning sessions also timetabled to allow access to the specialist equipment and resources.
Links with outside arts organisations and professionals allow for a greater range of professional contact and experiential learning.

How will I be assessed?
The programme is assessed mainly through practical performance and assessment; continuous assessment across rehearsal and development and evaluative interviews to assess personal development and contribution. The submission of written essays, evaluations, logbooks and presentations is also a part of the HND; learning research, academic skill and writing skill to ensure that students are equipped for higher level learning.

Students will gain formative feedback verbally for both written work and practical assessment. Peer and self-assessment is an essential element of personal development which enhances the learning experience and allows space for personal evaluation.

Additional Costs
Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.


Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

Why study with us?

Why study with us?

We have an experienced faculty - all holding their own weight as educators, researchers and creative practitioners. We are proud of our high success rates, interesting methods of delivery and assessment and engaging workshop-style sessions. Our faculty have strong links to the creative industry and connect our students and courses with those links, providing opportunities for performance, development and learning as much as we can.

The delivery and assessment methods are contemporary, industry related and provide work-based scenarios close to that which you may experience in the industry. These fundamentals of industry knowledge and level of preparation provide an excellent foundation to your future as a creative practitioner.

Our engaging and facilitative sessions create autonomous, thinking performers and creatives; we encourage you to think about how you can enjoy the learning experience. What sparks your interest? What aspect of performing makes you most passionate? What aspect of the industry makes you intrigued? By asking you these questions, we can help you answer and present them in the research, work and academic writing that you are assessed on. This approach also allows you to build on your potential to succeed both in the industry and in education.

We have a variety of spaces in The Arts Centre; a theatre, rehearsal studios, music studios, HD television studio and new this year, a Video Motion Capture suite, all of which you have the opportunity to utilise. Regarding COVID19, we will be providing some engaging sessions online as well as face-to-face, ensuring that you can also build digital, online and camera skills on top of the training we provide.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Students who successfully complete this qualification may continue their studies at The City of Liverpool College University Centre and progress onto the level 6 BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Top-up) course. Alternatively, graduates may wish to progress directly into employment in their chosen career or study at another higher education provider.

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

College generic entry requirements apply to all HE programmes. For this particular programme, the following will apply:

• Relevant level 3 qualification, A-level, BTEC or equivalent in an appropriate discipline
• GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent
• Certificate or Extended diploma at Merit standard, or a minimum of two A-levels at grade C or above
• Level 4 qualification in a relevant subject area

We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. Non-standard entry to courses will be at the discretion of the programme leader.

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for24/25 is 6700.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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